Feeds

Linux scuppers notebook theft

There's a lesson here for us all

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

A reader told us an amusing tale featuring a friend of his - a Deutsche Bank employee, no less.

This man was happily supping in his local pub when he inadvertently took his eyes off his notebook for a second and - whoosh - off she went.

Not overly impressed, he went down the police station, filled in the forms and went home dejected.

The next day he gets a phone call from a bloke: "You left your laptop on the Ipswich train last night, where are you so I can return it."

This was most unlikely since he lives in the East End of London and has never got a train to Ipswich in his life. However, it's good to see that honesty isn't a dead virtue.

And that's the lesson part. To get all Biblical: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Of course, the modern version is: do unto others before they can do the same unto you.

So, the question is: why did the laptop pub thief scum leave it behind? Was it abject stupidity or is there a more sinister reason? Well, the computer runs Debian and on start-up, the thief will have been faced with "Welcome to Debian GNU/Linux Login:" and a password prompt - a far cry from consumer and thief-friendly Windows, and proof, if you needed it, that Linux is more secure than Windows.

And that's the Friday story. Take care everyone and remember: a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet. Then again, the likelihood is that he'll be an asshole so don't go out your way. He certainly won't. Bastard... ®

Related Stories

Man arrested after military laptop theft tabloid pitch
Third secret-packed official notebook nicked

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.